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Chapter 61


1 For the leader; with stringed instruments. Of David.


Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer!


2 From the brink of Sheol I call; my heart grows faint. Raise me up, set me on a rock,


for you are my refuge, a tower of strength against the foe.


Then I will ever dwell in your tent, take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah


3 O God, when you accept my vows and hear the plea of those who revere your name in prayer:


"Add to the days of the king's life; may his years be many generations;


May he reign before God forever; may your love and fidelity preserve him" - 


4 Then I will sing your name forever, fulfill my vows day after day.


1 [Psalm 61] A lament of the king who feels himself at the brink of death ( Psalm 61:3) and cries out for the strong and saving presence of God ( Psalm 61:3b-5). The king cites the prayer being made for him ( Psalm 61:7-8), and promises to give thanks to God.

2 [3] Brink of Sheol: literally, "edge of the earth," "earth" being taken in its occasional meaning "the underworld." Cf Jonah 2:3.

3 [6] In prayer: added for sense. Psalm 61:7-8 express the plea of Psalm 61:6.

4 [9] Then: Hebrew "just as," i.e., in accord with the vows referred to in Psalm 61:5.

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